4th HEC-RAS Water Modelling

Hydrologic Engineering Centres-River Analysis System

HEC-RAS (Hydrologic Engineering Centre-River Analysis System) is recognised as an industry standard hydraulic modelling program that is widely used throughout the world. This week-long course covers basic, intermediate and advanced levels across both 1D and 2D. The courses run consecutively, attend any combination of courses.

Date: Monday, 17 October 2016 - Friday, 21 October 2016

Location: Melbourne


Robert Keller

R. J. Keller & Associates and Monash University

Dr Keller has worked exclusively as a hydraulics engineer and modelling specialist since 1972.  His main areas of expertise are steady and transient flow analyses of pipe network and irrigation syste... Read more

Krey Price

Surface Water Solutions

Educated at the University of California at Berkeley, Krey is a civil engineer and project manager with international experience in water resources. He is engaged in computational modelling, engineeri... Read more


Over six years since the last release, Version 5.0 has just been made available for free download. The new version includes two-dimensional floodplain modelling, unsteady sediment transport, bank erosion, water quality, and the RAS Mapper GIS interface.

hec-ras-particle-tracing-manual-kpriceThis week consists of five courses, run consecutively, attend any combination of courses with respect to your level of experience and understanding.

Presenter: Robert Keller, has over thirty years of experience in Civil Engineering Hydraulics his main areas of expertise are: Open channel flow, flood plain hydraulics, physical and numerical modelling, sediment transport, hydraulic structures, urban hydraulics.
– Monday: Basic 1D
– Tuesday: Intermediate 1D
– Wednesday: Morning, Advanced 1D

Presenter: Krey Price, a widely experienced hydraulic engineer whose career includes 15 years developing hydraulic models for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Krey has recently completed and presented benchmarking studies comparing the results of HEC-RAS 5.0 to other industry-standard hydraulic models for Australian river systems.
– Wednesday: AfternoonUnsteady flow for 1D & 2D
– Thursday: 2D Part 1 (prerequisite: familiarity with 1D unsteady flow)
– Friday: 2D Part 2

melbourne_hec-ras_flyerAttend any combination of consecutive days. On the registration below, select Partial Course and mention the days attending in the comments field. Prices listed excl. GST.




Note: All course days will be taught using the newly released HEC-RAS 5.0 software

Monday: Basic 1D
– Day 1 targets those who wish to develop an understanding of flow profile modelling and the basic use of the HEC-RAS model.
– Introduction to the HEC-RAS program
– Basic open channel flow hydraulics
– Principles of water surface profiles computation

hec-ras-2d-manualTuesday: Intermediate 1D
– Day 2 targets those who already have a basic understanding of flow profile modelling and the use of the HEC-RAS model and wish to extend their knowledge to solve more complex design problems.
– Junction analysis
– Bridge and culvert modeling
– Split flow modeling
– Multiple openings and encroachment options

Wednesday: Advanced 1D
– Day 3 targets those who require a more in-depth understanding of 1D modelling and additional features of HEC-RAS.
– Dam break modelling
– An introduction to sediment transport modeling and changes in mobile bed boundaries
– Pushing the boundaries with HEC-RAS – identifying difficult problems and troubleshooting techniques

– Unsteady flow modelling for 1D and 2D
– Quasi-2D lateral structures and storage areas
– Quasi-2D looped networks

Thursday: 2D Part 1
– Day 4 assumes a rudimentary prior knowledge of one-dimensional unsteady HEC-RAS modelling and is intended to prepare participants to construct and run 2D models.
– Introduction to HEC-RAS 2D modelling
– 1D vs 2D Theory
– Creating and refining 2D flow areas
– RAS Mapper and GIS interfacing
– Optimising and refining the 2D mesh

Friday: 2D Part 2
Day 5 assumes a rudimentary prior knowledge of 2D HEC-RAS modelling and is intended to prepare participants to view, troubleshoot, and interpret 2D models and combined 1D/2D models.
– Viewing 2D output and results
– Creating and refining inline 2D Areas
– Troubleshooting and reviewing 2D models
– 2D model calibration
– HEC-RAS 5.0 vs. other 2D models
– Creating a 2D model from scratch
All 2D course materials are provided under license agreement with WEST Consultants, a contracted U.S. Army Corps of Engineers training provider.

– Understand the methods used by HEC-RAS software in modelling channel and flood plain storage
– Learn about unsteady flow and sediment transport analyses
– Undertake hands-on HEC-RAS modelling exercises with full instruction
– Know how to consult with modellers and to engage with management regarding HEC-RAS models
– Know when it is appropriate to build an expensive model and when back-of-envelope will do
– Recognise the “point of diminishing return” in a model construction and implementation
– Learn troubleshooting and computational optimisation techniques
– Learn how to scope model development and review model results provided by others

There will be ample opportunity to discuss issues that course participants have encountered in professional practice.

All courses include lectures and workshops with hands-on case studies.

Attendees bring their own Windows-based laptops for installing software (installation links will be provided prior to the course). If you are unable to provide one, please inform us on your registration.

Who Comes:
– ACOR Consultants
– Agfirst Engineering
– Alluvium
– ATC Williams
– Beveridge Williams
– Byrne Design
– Chow Consulting
– City West Water
– Commonwealth Environmental Water Office
– Demlakian
– Department of Energy and Water Supply
– Department of Main Roads
– Department of Science, Information Technology, and Innovation
– Department of Water
– Department of Works- PNG
– Envirotech
– Land Dynamics Australlia
– Melbourne Water
– Millar Merrigan
– Murray Darling Basin Authority
– pitt&sherry
– Queensland Murray-Darling Committee
– Queensland Urban Utilities
– SEQ Catchments
– TGM Group Pty Ltd
– Thiess Environmental Monitoring
– VicRoads
– Water Corporation

HEC-RAS_BKellerTopics Include:

– Open Channel Hydraulics & Introduction to HEC-RAS
– One Dimensional Flow Profiles in Context
– Cross Section Locations & Friction Slope Options
– Bridge Analysis and Modelling
– Mobile Boundaries, Bridge Scour
– 1D, 2D and Coupled 1D/2D Floodplain Modelling
– Culvert Modelling, Junction Modelling and Dam Break Modelling
– Unsteady Flow Modelling
– Introduction to Sediment Transport Modeling
– Hands-on Case Studies & Discussions

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